CoBlocks, one of the earliest block collections for Gutenberg, has added new page building blocks and tools in the latest release.
CoBlocks, one of the earliest block collections for Gutenberg, has added new page building blocks and tools in the latest 1.6 release. ThemeBeans founder Rich Tabor and plugin developer Jeffrey Carandang partnered together on this iteration of CoBlocks to bring users new Row and Columns blocks and a Typography Control Panel. The Row and Column blocks are resizable and can be dragged to new positions.
After selecting the Row block, users can choose the number of columns and then a layout for the row.
These row layouts can also be adjusted from inside the row toolbar or inspector sidebar panel, which includes responsive media query controls.
The Row and Column blocks also come with fine-grained controls for adjusting background and text color, width, margin, and padding.
Version 1.6 also includes a new Typography Control Panel with support for Google fonts. Users can customize the fonts with built-in controls for line-height, letter-spacing, font-weight, and text-transform properties. It also supports customizing fonts for the core heading, paragraph, and button blocks.
The video below shows a quick demo of column layouts and nested row blocks in action, as well as a few other blocks
Some tips on how to secure your WordPress webiste with 2fa and some free plugins.
Two factor authentication – the two simplest and best ways to enable it for WordPress At UpdraftPlus we believe backups are essential. But having backups without security is like having insurance without locking your doors at night. You need both.
If you own or manage a WordPress website it’s vital that you keep it as secure as possible.
Although WordPress is a relatively secure platform, the fact that its so popular means there are lots of people with the ability to break into a poorly secured site.
UpdraftPlus strongly recommend the gold-standard way to secure the login to your website, which is to use two factor authentication. In this guide, we’ll quickly explain what this is and why you might want to use it, before covering two free plugins that can help you enable two factor authentication on a WordPress website.
Let’s get started…
What is two factor authentication and why use it?
By default, users gain access to the back end, or dashboard, of a WordPress website by entering their username and password. However, this approach has its downsides.
For starters, users might choose weak passwords or reuse the same username and password combinations on
Scott Deluzio has purchase Quick Checkout for WooCommerce from Impress.org. We think it's a great fit and he'll take the plugin to the next level.
As of December 1, 2018, Quick Checkout is now owned and maintained by Scott Deluzio. As announced earlier this year, part of our rebranding effort was to find a new home for Maps Builder and Quick Checkout. After several weeks negotiating multiple offers, we’re proud to announce that Quick Checkout has a new owner. Scott Deluzio is well-known in the WordPress community for his ability to maintain and develop a wide array of quality WordPress products. His current offerings include Privacy WP, Fullscreen Background Images, WP 1099, WP-CRM System, and his most popular plugin: Conditional Checkout Fields. Quick Checkout is an excellent companion plugin to Conditional Checkout Fields.
Scott’s customers know his commitment to high-quality code and technical, patient, and results-oriented technical support.
As we prepared for the sale of Quick Checkout, we ensured that any new owner would enjoy a new logo and fresh website. We’re happy to see that Scott has launched the new site with that new vision and creativity.
We also had a version 2.0 that was already far in development. As Scott indicates on his announcement post, he’ll be reviewing the 2.0 version and listening
WP Scheduled Posts is over 5 years old tiny free WordPress plugin, which recently got a major overhaul. Check out the amazing Post Calender and other features.
So, the moment you all have been waiting for has finally arrived with the release of WP Scheduled Posts 2.0. First of all, we would like to thank you for being among our 3000+ active users. Thanks to all your suggestions through surveys, we are being able to take this plugin to the next level. Therefore, our success couldn't have been possible without your immense contribution. So, Thank you again. This is the opportunity to give you guys something in return with our latest release. With the 2.0 version, you will now have plenty of controls over how & when you want your contents to be published on your website. You can have your own nicely designed calendar, set your preferred day & time to be scheduled and so much more. In this article, we are going to give you a brief about what's new with WP Scheduled Posts 2.0.
Aside from the existing features, we have completely revamped our interface. The 2.0 version is offering a beautifully designed “Schedule Calendar” to plan your contents as per your preference in an organized way. It also has the drag & drop capability to help you get started quite easily.
The new WP Scheduled Posts will let authors to schedule a content
Simple to use yet effective redirect manager, the Redirection plugin helps you gain all the benefits that guiding your traffic to where you want it can bring your website and business.
When you want your website to be perfect, redirects are mandatory to make sure that there is no mess being visible to the customers, such as 404 errors. This is when redirects come in handy, and an effortless to use Redirection manager even more so. The plus side of redirecting your URLs is enormous. Sometimes, it can also be inevitable. If you are merging two websites, for example, there is no point in having your customers get stuck on just one of them. You can make use of all the traffic the previous website got by redirecting it to the new website, without troubling your customers.
It is also beneficial in case you are pushing new content out. You want your traffic to land on the newest information. Especially so if you are trying to shake off the previous posts. It is crucial in any marketing testing, too. Does this copy fare better than the other? Is this solution generating you more money than the other one? You can only find that out if both solutions are being seen and tested at the same time.
Yet, any redirection can get messy, especially so if you don’t have extensive knowledge of Apache or Nginx. However, with the Redirection plugin, you can easily create or manage
Here at WebDevStudios, we’re big fans of WooCommerce. In this blog post, one of our Backend Engineers highlights 10 plugins that add useful functionality and features to WooCommerce:
Here at WebDevStudios, we’re big fans of WooCommerce. Perhaps it’s no surprise that it is the #1 eCommerce solution for WordPress. This is in part due to the quality and flexibility of WooCommerce itself, but it’s also because of the rich plugin ecosystem available. In this post, we’ll be highlighting the top 10 plugins that add useful functionality and features to WooCommerce. Since we’re limiting ourselves to 10, this is far from a thorough list. For instance, if your store only sells digital products instead of physical products, your plugin needs will likely be different. (Also, note that this list is not presented in a particular order.)
1. WooCommerce Subscriptions (Premium)
With WooCommerce Subscriptions you can equip your store to earn recurring revenue. For example, you can use it to create subscriptions for monthly or weekly services or software subscriptions.
Some of the features include: free trials and sign-up fees, variable subscriptions for creating a single product with different pricing levels, and subscription switching allowing a customer to upgrade or downgrade an existing subscription.
If your store has a need for subscriptions, WooCommerce
First Stackable update for 2019: Enhancing all Stackable blocks for better utility and customizability.
Happy New Year! To start 2019 with a bang, we are bringing you our most feature packed update yet. We have enhanced all our blocks.. yes, you heard right, ALL of them.. upping their utility and their customizability to the next level. Update to version 1.11 now to experience it. “Basic” & “Plain” Designs
Last version, we mentioned that we rolled out the design picker and the new settings for only a few of our blocks, and that we will continue to do this with the rest. We’re happy to say that we’ve implemented them across all of our blocks.
Now you can toggle between a basic design and a plain design for almost all our blocks.
The plain design is very helpful if you want to get rid of a lot of our styling and apply your own CSS customizations. We have also enhanced our CSS class names for every block by implementing the BEM naming convention to make things very easy to customize. You can read more on that below.
The basic design is our signature “boxed” design look. Some of our blocks that didn’t have a boxed look now have it, like the Team Member block and Testimonial block. And we’ve also provided border radius and shadow
Iain's been a fan of Advanced Custom Fields (ACF) for a long time now, using it on pretty much every site he's built or worked on for the last 5 years. Two things happened recently that made him step back and realize just how important ACF has been and still is for WordPress and WordPress developers - even with and especially because of the upcoming arrival of Gutenberg. Check out the post to find out more.
I’ve been a fan of Advanced Custom Fields for a long time now, using it on pretty much every site I’ve built or worked on for the last 5 years. If you’re unfamiliar, Advanced Custom Fields (ACF) is a WordPress plugin that gives you much greater control of your WordPress content, utilizing custom post meta to enrich the content with structured data. It allows you to build and configure different types of data fields that will appear in meta boxes when your content editors update posts, pages, or custom post types (and much more).
This week I started to use the plugin for something we’re doing with deliciousbrains.com and, after seeing a recent ACF blog post, I took a step back and started to realize just how important ACF has been and still is for WordPress and WordPress developers – even with and especially because of the upcoming arrival of Gutenberg. Let me explain.
How Advanced Custom Fields Works
It took me a while to get my head around what it actually does, so I’ll just show you a quick example. I’ve used it on a dog rescue charity site, where the volunteers add new dogs which need to be rehomed, as a custom post type. However, apart from
Introducing the brand new CoBlocks, a suite of page building blocks for the WordPress Gutenberg block editor.
As I mentioned in my 2018 Year in Review, Jeffrey Carandang and I have recently joined ranks, doubling down our efforts to making CoBlocks absolutely brilliant. And after months of very challenging work, we finally have something to show you. We think you’re going to like this. A lot. Introducing the new CoBlocks, a suite of page building blocks for the WordPress Gutenberg block editor.
This is the Gutenberg page builder you’ve been waiting for. CoBlocks will make you rethink what WordPress is capable of. See for yourself.
WordPress 5.0 is right around the corner with the flagship feature, the new Gutenberg editor, set to change the WordPress landscape dramatically. Gutenberg not only impacts how you write content in WordPress, but how developers build plugins for WordPress. In this post, I cover the main parts of making your plugin compatible, if not better, with Gutenberg.
WordPress 5.0 is right around the corner with the flagship feature, the new Gutenberg editor, set to change the WordPress landscape dramatically. Gutenberg not only impacts how you write content in WordPress, but how developers build plugins for WordPress. Here at Delicious Brains we are working hard on the next version of our plugins, including making sure they are Gutenberg-compatible, but after chatting about Gutenberg the other day I thought it was high time I made sure my own plugins worked with the new editor as well.
In this post I’ll walk you through the process I took for making Intagrate, my Instagram WordPress plugin, Gutenberg-compatible, which will hopefully get you started on making your own plugins Gutenberg-ready.
Things to Consider
Although there is a way to completely disable Gutenberg on sites by using the Classic Editor plugin, if your own plugin is used on sites you don’t control (very likely if the plugins are sold or available on the WordPress plugin repository) then you will need to ensure it still functions a s expected with Gutenberg. There is also no guarantee that Classic Editor will be around in the future.
Plugins can widely differ in functionality
As a WordPress plugin owner it is nice to see such subject being discussed and dealt with. There are many implications to using "pirated" WordPress plugins, including security ones. Good read.
We all know WordPress, the software, is free and great for beginners, hobby bloggers, and even serious businesses. The platform is supplemented by hundreds and thousands of plugins, themes, and extensions built by developers from around the globe. There are thousands of free plugins and themes on WordPress, that can easily be used as alternatives to the pricey versions. This makes the life of many website owners easy! But here's the thing, from time to time, we do need to run premium (paid) plugins to get those extra benefits and functions for our site. A good number of users opt to run these premium solutions nulled and pirated. Getting involved in copyright infringement, is, however, outright theft. And this is highly discouraged because it costs your site a lot more than it gives back.
Consider motives of nulled software providers
Before we delve into the consequences for users using pirated versions, let's consider what nulled hosts are obtaining from distributing paid plugins freely. Nulled plugins and themes are, for the vast majority of times, given out by individuals who cannot be identified through unsecured sites. The sites where they allow you to download free premium WordPress
Maybe you need just a couple of blocks from a multi-block plugin you have installed, but that plugin brings a bunch of other blocks as well. Why clutter the block inserter with blocks you or your clients will never use? There is a plugin which can help you disable unneeded blocks.
Maybe you need just a couple of blocks from a multi-block plugin you have installed, but that plugin brings a bunch of other blocks as well. Why clutter the block inserter with blocks you or your clients will never use? ‘Disable Gutenberg Blocks’ allows you to remove all the blocks you have no plans to use, leaving you with just the ones you do.
The plugin is completely free and works with all blocks.
Once you have installed the plugin, navigate to your wp-admin, then Settings – .
Blocks can be disabled individually or in bulk and can be re-enabled later if you change your mind.
Using nulled plugins are not illegal however not the best idea is your business relies on your WordPress sites. Also, you are not supporting the plugin developers.
No one likes spending more money than necessary – it’s a human thing. Even one of the richest people in the world, Warren Buffet, still searches out discounts on the cars he buys (ok, maybe that’s an extreme example – you get the idea). Because people are always on the lookout for ways to cut costs, some WordPress users are tempted to turn to nulled WordPress plugins and themes instead of paying for the official premium version.
In this post, we’re going to tell you why using nulled WordPress plugins and themes is a bad idea…even if it’s not necessarily breaking any laws.
Nulled WordPress Plugins and Themes Aren’t Necessarily Illegal
Let’s start with the elephant in the room…
It’s unlikely that the FBI kicks down your door if you use nulled WordPress plugins or themes. That’s because, in contrast to the other content that people usually “pirate” (e.g. music, movies), nulled WordPress plugins and themes are often not breaking the law.
The reason here has to do with the GPL (General Public License). Without making this a lesson on copyright, you just need to know that part of what the GPL license allows
Want to add your Elementor designs to Gutenberg? Download the free extension: Elementor Blocks for Gutenberg, made by the very own Elementor team, and easily add Elementor templates as Gutenberg blocks with one click
Gutenberg is WordPress’ new post editor, scheduled for release in the next couple of months, when WordPress version 5.0 is introduced. Gutenberg is currently in Beta, and is available in the repository as a plugin. A few months ago, we released an update featuring full compatibility between Elementor and Gutenberg. Today, we are excited to take the Elementor-Gutenberg integration even further!
Introducing Elementor Blocks for Gutenberg! Elementor Blocks is a separate plugin, downloadable from the WordPress repository (it will be eventually incorporated within the core of our plugin). It allows you to embed Elementor templates inside the Gutenberg editor with one click.
There are various situations where you might want to add Elementor templates to Gutenberg. One use case is when you are writing your blog post, and want to insert a Call to Action box that you previously designed in Elementor.
Here is how to do it:
First, go to the WordPress repo, and search for Elementor Blocks for Gutenberg. Then go ahead and install and activate the plugin.
Inside the Gutenberg editor, add the Elementor Block.
Then, choose the template, and it will automatically preview in Gutenberg.
If you want
WP Page Builder has everything in it to power a full-fledged website. It’s an all-in-one WordPress plugin for your site building needs.
People’s quest for creating websites has easily taken us to a new era of site development. Where, with the availability of robust page building tools, creating websites has become a lot more fun (especially for non-developers). The multitude of tools and plugins available to you is vast when you try building websites on WordPress. Today we’ll explore a new one, WP Page Builder. If you’re tired of the same old page builder plugins, this is one you should try out. With a lot of design elements, add-ons, functionalities like device specific responsive controls, export/import options, padding adjustment, and above all, drag & drop real-time frontend editing system, WP Page Builder has everything in it to power a full-fledged website. It’s an all-in-one WordPress plugin for your site building needs.
It’s a free WordPress page builder plugin that helps you build beautiful websites like a pro.
What’s Special About WP Page Builder?
Wondering what makes WP Page Builder so special? I would say, what doesn’t? It’s developed by the team over at Themeum, who has been creating WordPress themes since 2013. As mentioned above, the plugin is a full
Yoast is a great tool for SEO. What happens when you have green dots all the way down, but you still aren't ranking in Google? Here's a few reasons you might not be on page one of Google.
John Locke is a SEO consultant from Sacramento, CA. He helps manufacturing businesses rank higher through his web agency, Lockedown Design & SEO. If your website is built on WordPress, you have probably used the Yoast SEO plugin.
Yoast SEO is the number one SEO helper plugin for WordPress, (and they also have a module for Drupal). Here’s how it works.
For each page or article you edit, you set a focus keyword phrase. Yoast SEO gives you an overall score for Readability and SEO.
Green dots mean “good”, orange dots mean “OK”, red dots mean “needs improvement”.
You also get a breakdown of individual areas that fall under the red, orange, and green dots. (There will be a screenshot further down of what this looks like in the back end.)
So here’s the question that I hear most often from other Yoast users:
“I have green dots in Yoast. So why am I not ranking higher in Google?”
I understand why there’s confusion. Isn’t Yoast supposed to help you rank higher?
It can, but with an asterisk.
SEO is a black box inside a moving target, and there is no transparent formula to ranking number one in Google.
But I’m here
The WordPress Plugin Directory has over 56K plugins, many of them have entire eco-systems built around them with solid business models. Up until now you could not simply link to the plugin page or add additional visual presentation, but nothing more. But now you can easily “oEmbed” plugin URLs to present a visual representation of the plugin.
The WordPress Plugin Directory has over 56K plugins, many of them have entire eco-systems built around them with solid business models. Up until now you could not simply link to the plugin page or add additional visual presentation, but nothing more. But now you can easily “oEmbed” plugin URLs to present a visual representation of the plugin. How It made possible?
WordPress 4.4 (Clifford), released in December 2015, added the oEmbed functionality to all WordPress content. This feature makes all WordPress posts and pages embeddable by simply pasting URLs into the WordPress editor, making WordPress auto-display the preview of the pasted URL. Behind the scenes, each site can customize its embedded output, by adding the new embed.php file into the active theme’s folder.
When the WordPress Plugin Directory was upgraded to version 3, the bbPress-based system was dropped in favor of the upgraded WordPress system, built with Post Types and all the other builtin-features available in core, including the oEmbed functionality.
By the end on July 2018, the plugin repository added oEmbed support to plugin pages using custom embed.php file allowing everybody to auto embed plugin
Stop uploading oversized images on your WooCommerce site. Most sites get the bulk of their traffic from mobile, and we have proof. Do you really need that retina 3000px image in the hero area? Probably not.
Out of curiosity, why don’t all these blog posts from affiliate sites, hosting companies, theme developers, AdSense sites, plugin owners (or anywhere else) ever grow some gumption and say _(something like)_ : “STOP UPLOADING BIG ASS IMAGES IN THE FIRST PLACE!!!”
I can’t quite say I’ve ever seen a post resembling that much truthful bluntness. So, perhaps I can add a bit of gentle rhetoric around that message while still maintaining the importance of the above text in red. Here goes.
Use a FIXED WIDTH – NOT FLUID
Every WordPress Theme is unique. Some themes have an option of fixed or fluid width. Fluid width, flexible width, or full screen width might be additional terms to use – but the result is the same. On any screen possible, the theme is designed to take up as much room as possible.
That would also be known as incredibly impossible, not possible, no way in the world, not actually going to really happen, for your own sake please stop thinking that it looks cool in-your-own perspective.
As someone told me years ago, “This is Business: Unless Y-O-U can print your own money, your own opinion does NOT mean jack sh!t. Never forsake that
The Advanced Custom Fields folks have just announced ACF blocks for Gutenberg. Creating Gutenberg blocks for ACF can now be achieved with registering with PHP code!
There has been a lot of excitement surrounding Gutenberg, the new block-based WordPress editing experience. One of its most compelling features is the ability for developers to create their own custom block types. This opens up an endless array of possibilities for customization. There’s just one little problem. Creating custom blocks is extremely complicated. How complicated? Well, even a simple testimonials block requires a massive amount of code.
The entire process is both time and code intensive. The result is that many developers will consider the custom blocks feature to be out of their reach.
While we have been hard at work to ensure metabox compatibility with Gutenberg, an idea hit us. What if we could make it easier to build custom block types for Gutenberg? Blocks that allow you to use ACF + PHP to create stunning dynamic content!
Well, it hasn’t been easy, but we are delighted to announce that our ACF Blocks feature is starting to take shape! In fact, you can now take it for spin! ACF version 5.8.0-beta1 is now available for download and includes an early stage of our ACF Blocks feature to help you create custom block types without the fuss.
Let’s take a
Security should not be complicated. That's why Security Ninja allows you to scan the entire site in just a click of the button, and tackles even the biggest security issues without requiring you to have a masters degree in IT.
The Security Ninja WordPress plugin by WebFactory Ltd is a free security plugin that helps keep your website safe and secure. Security Ninja offers protection to WordPress users by means of security scans, tests, and other state-of-the-art security features. Each plugin has significant advantages and disadvantages, choosing the best one for your specific needs is challenging. And with such an oversaturated WordPress security plugin market, finding the most trusted one for your website is no easy task.
WordPress Security: Why Is It So Important Anyway?
Did you know that almost 30 percent of the websites online (in the whole world!) are powered by WordPress? Tens of millions of websites rely on WordPress for design, hosting, and many other fundamental aspects of their website or online business. That makes WordPress security a matter of importance to countless businesses, bloggers, individuals, and major organizations around the world by default.
Like any other platform that runs on open source code, WordPress is automatically vulnerable to occasional security threats. Furthermore, due to its core applications, as well as the copious amount of available plugins, WordPress is often open
The coming soon and maintenance plugin SeedProd has joined the ever growing WPBeginner/Awesome Motive family of WordPress plugins. The acquisition came about from John Turner applying to the WPBeginner accelerator fund.
Today, I’m extremely excited to announce that SeedProd has joined Awesome Motive, and it is now part of the WPBeginner’s family of products. SeedProd is the most popular coming soon and maintenance mode plugin for WordPress. Currently it is being used by over 800,000 WordPress sites.
The SeedProd free plugin allows you to quickly create a basic coming soon page or maintenance mode page for your website.
The pro version of SeedProd allows you to jump start your website with a viral coming soon page, so you can start building traffic, subscribers, and customers before your site even launches.
You can use SeedProd page builder combined with our 50+ pre-made templates and 500,000+ free stock photos to quickly create a beautiful coming soon page or maintenance page for your website.
It integrates with all popular social media platforms, so you can easily add share buttons to grow your following.
SeedProd pro also comes with subscriber management and email marketing integrations, so you can grow your email list by connecting it with your favorite email marketing service like Constant Contact, MailChimp, AWeber, and over 1000+ apps via Zapier.
On top of that, you can use SeedProd
The author tested Gutenberg against the Classic Editor, Divi, Brizy, and Beaver Builder and found that Gutenberg pages are lighter and load faster than those created by page builder plugins--but are more difficult to build due to the buggy UI in Gutenberg.
After two years of development, Gutenberg (and its delivery device, WordPress 5.0) are nearly upon us and people are not happy about it. 900+ one star reviews are a clear indication that it’s not exactly beloved by the community, but those are primarily focused on its lack of polish in the user interface, missing functionality, and poor documentation. We’ve been wondering; how does Gutenberg fare in the performance department?
Back in August, we conducted a poll asking folks what their favorite WordPress page builder plugin was. We’ve compared some of the most popular plugins with Gutenberg and the Classic Editor to see how their performance stacks up.
What We Tested
In thinking about the best way to setup this test, we tried to come up with the most likely use-case scenarios for a typical WordPress user who might use a page builder rather than letting the theme handle design. We kept it simple, choosing a large featured image, four smaller featured images, and some text blocks. This was a design we could easily (well, except in Gutenberg) replicate and should be a good example of how a typical post or page might work.
We started with a baseline test
Coming Soon/Maintenance Mode Page for your WordPress website is a must-have when your website is unavailable. With so many plugins available, which one should you choose for your coming soon page?
Coming Soon or Maintenance Mode Page for your WordPress website is a must-have when your website is unavailable. With so many plugins available, which one should you choose for your coming soon page? While each of these plugins can get you a professional-looking Coming Soon or Maintenance page, it is all about additional features, overall use and your level of expertise in the area that should be considered while making your pick. Here are our top six suggestions for you.
1. Coming Soon and Maintenance Mode
Coming Soon and Maintenance Mode is a perfect plugin for those that need their page working flawlessly in a matter of minutes.
This plugin can be used by people with no previous experience in coding, so it is our pick for bloggers, local business owners, or anyone, really. Everyone can create professional-looking Coming Soon, Landing, Sales or Maintenance page. All features are effortless drag and drop based, so no headaches.
Even though it is very simple to set up and requires no experience, it allows the end result to look impeccable. Coming Soon and Maintenance Mode plugin offers a wide variety of professional looking themes, which you can customize to fit your vision. A base
Gutenberg Editor has a Column Block which allows you to put your content in columns. But it currently lacks even some basic features which you will need to make your content stand out. Check out these 3 Gutenberg plugins which brings advance container blocks.
Gutenberg Editor has a Column Block which allows you to put your content in columns. But it currently lacks even some basic features which you will need to make your content stand out. Fortunately there are other plugins which brings container blocks with more features to help you. I have picked up 3 good & FREE plugins which includes a Container blocks (kind of).
They are not placed in some particular order, simply pick one which you like and full-fill your need.
What is a Container Block?
Well, container blocks can be considered as any block which allows you to add columns and then add any blocks within it. So This would be a wrapper block you can say which allow nested blocks inside. And then you will have options to customize your container, like, background, padding, margin, etc.
Main Features of a Great Container Block
Well, the features will vary depending on your need. But we will review these highlighted plugins for the most important features you may need while working with a custom container block which Columns block currently lacks.
Variable Column Layouts / Widths
Padding & Margin
Background Color & Image
Individual Column Styling & Customizations